Before They Hatch

When salmon build nests (redds) on top of each other, called superimposition, this can affect both individual salmon and salmon populations as a whole, as we described Read More…

Test tube coral babies

Scientists working to save coral reefs might dream of growing rare corals in a laboratory, then transplanting them to damaged reefs as a way to restore the Read More…

A newsworthy birth

Giving birth is a common event in the animal world, but it can be very rare for scientists to actually observe in the wild, especially for ocean-dwelling Read More…

Three to Tango

When love is in the air for Sierra newts (Taricha sierrae), these otherwise land-dwelling amphibians know it's time to hit the water. After adult newts reach about Read More…

All in or not?

Success for a Chinook salmon is defined as successfully spawning once, then dying – a reproduction strategy known as semelparity. Most do not meet this goal of Read More…

Kelp kindergarten

Nearshore kelp beds along California's coast don't only make for spectacular diving, they are also a crucial component to sustaining many populations of fish and invertebrates, including Read More…

Attractive acne?

At first glance, the little raised dots on the head of this Sacramento splittail might resemble small pimples, but they are actually structures called nuptial tubercles: small, Read More…